Archivio del Moderno
This work is a complete catalogue of the drawings by Giacomo Quarenghi (1744-1817) kept at the state Museum of History of St Petersburg. It offers a remarkable record of the quality and scale of the work done by the Bergamo-born architect at the court of the tsars.
An English version of the catalogue texts is provided at the end of the book.
Disegni di Giacomo Quarenghi.
La raccolta del Museo statale
della Storia di San Pietroburgo
24 x 28 cm, 232 pp.
120 ill. col., 115 ill. b/w
italian / english
€ 60 / frs 90.–
The broadest and most closely examined survey of the Italian sources of Russian neoclassicism, a style which from the second half of the 18th century gave form and identity to St Petersburg, raising it to the level of a modern and “enlightened” European capital.
But it is a style that can also be retraced to Moscow and to the cities of southern Russia, where it serves to bring about architectural and town-planning renewal.
The work, resulting from collaboration between western and Russian scholars, offers an innovative (artistic but also social) picture of one of the most fruitful periods in Russian history, stretching from Catherine II’s accession to the throne in 1762 to the death of her grandson, Tsar Alexander I in 1825.
Dal mito al progetto.
La cultura architettonica
dei maestri italiani e ticinesi
nella Russia neoclassica
Nicola Navone, Letizia Tedeschi
2 voll., 24 x 28 cm, XXIV-936 pp.
306 ill. col., 384 ill. b/w
hardcover in slipcase
€ 160 / frs 240.–
The wooden bridges of Wettingen, Reichenau and Sciaffusa, built by the brothers Johannes and Hans Ulrich Grubenmann, were in the second half of the 18th century much admired and studied by scholars, engineers and architects.
Among these was the British John Soane (1753-1837), who did drawings of them which emphasized their technological and structural aspect. He also made them the subject of some of his famous Lecturers at the Royal Academy in London.
John Soane and the Wooden Bridges of Switzerland.
Architecture and the Culture
from Palladio to the Grubenmanns
Angelo Maggi, Nicola Navone
24 x 24 cm, 224 pp.
44 ill. col., 106 ill. b/w
€ 45 / frs 70.–
As an architect and many-sided artist, a figure linking Central European and Mediterranean culture, Weidemeyer worked in Bremen and Willingen in Germany. He then settled in Ticino, becoming a promoter of Rationalist architecture (Teatro San Materno in Ascona, 1928) and conducting research into design that embodied the morphology of the site, landscape, climate and vegetation.
Artista e architetto
tra Worpswede e Ascona
Bruno Maurer, Letizia Tedeschi
24 x 28 cm, 308 pp.
83 ill. col. and 365 ill. b/w
italian / german
€ 56,81 / frs 85.-Buy
Collected into this book are the contributions by Carlo Cattaneo (1801-1869) to the debate on the building of the trans-Alpine railway, viewed by the author from the perspective of a system of communication between ever wider and more complex cultures, whose civilised values he believed were not inferior to their economic ones.
Scritti sulle trasversali alpine
24 x 24 cm, 328 pp.
120 ill. b/w
€ 33 / frs 50.–
Texts by Evandro Agazzi, Fabio Minazzi, Jacques Gubler, Letizia Tedeschi, Claudio Ferrata, Aurelio Galfetti, Raffaele Peduzzi, Aurelio Muttoni.
Progetto e territorio.
Gli assi di transito
e le trasformazioni territoriali
del Cantone Ticino
Aurelio Galfetti, Letizia Tedeschi
17 x 24 cm, 124 pp.
ill. b/w and col.
€ 16,3 / frs 25.–
Una selezione di disegni e documenti provenienti dagli archivi familiari degli architetti ticinesi Adamini e Gilardi, originari di Bigogno d’Agra e Montagnola, e attivi a San Pietroburgo e a Mosca tra la fine del XVIII e la metà del XIX secolo.
Architetti neoclassici ticinesi
fra Neva e Moscova.
I fondi grafici degli archivi
Adamini e Gilardi
Nicola Navone, Alessandra Pfister
17 x 24 cm, 108 pp.
€ 19,6 / frs 30.–
The book brings together and arranges, for the first time, everything written by Gillo Dorfles about architecture: from the texts of 1930, published when he was only 20, to his essay on Gehry’s Guggenheim of 1998.
The work is completed by a fully updated bibliography of Dorfles’ writings: over 2500 titles ranging from books and catalogues to contributions to magazines and miscellaneous other texts.
Scritti di architettura
24 x 24 cm, 236 pp.
178 ill. b/w
€ 45 / frs 70.–
This work records the migratory flow which between the 19th and 20th centuries witnessed the departure, by numerous inhabitants of the Cantone Ticino from the Lugano and the Malcantone districts, to “try their fortune” (and successfully, too) in Argentina. In particular, the text concentrates on the contribution by Ticinese clients to the realisation of large-scale projects in Mendoza, Rosario and in the transformation of Buenos Aires into a modern metropolis.
La costruzione di un mito.
Ticinesi d’Argentina: committenza
e architettura 1850-1940
24 x 24 cm, 184 pp.
88 ill. b/w
€ 26 / frs 40.–
The book documents the Ticino’s rich archival heritage, illustrating exemplary cases of archives preserved at public and private institutions and foundations that have undertaken to defend the cultural inheritance and its architectural memories.
Texts by Letizia Tedeschi, Werner Oechslin, Bruno Maurer, Pierre Frey, Paolo Fumagalli, Nicola Navone, Antonio Gili, Elfi Rüsch, Andrea Giovannini.
Archivi e architetture.
Presenze nel Cantone Ticino
24 x 24 cm, 292 pp.
250 ill. b/w and col.
€ 36 / frs 50.–